The hits keep coming (for some) 

Waterloo’s Nate Phillips (12) is greeted after hitting a home run during a recent home game. 
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The high school baseball season is all about getting hot at the right time. Some local teams are heating up on offense as the regular season winds down. 

Columbia (15-5-1) won four recent games, including a key Cahokia Conference clash that put them in a tie for the top spot.

On Wednesday, the Eagles won 10-0 at home over Roxana. Dom Voegele went 2-for-2 with an RBI and struck out 10 over five innings pitched. Alex Schreckenberg went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

The Eagles won 5-4 at Breese Central last Thursday, as Voegele’s home run in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference. Jack Steckler and Kyle McConachie collected two hits each. 

Last Wednesday, Columbia coasted to a 13-1 win over Okawville. All 13 runs were scored in the first inning. Voegele went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Aidan Gaither went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

Last Tuesday, the Eagles won 12-3 against Salem. Logan Mueller went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. McConachie and Schreckenberg added three hits each. Voegele struck out 11 over five innings pitched for the win.

McConachie leads Columbia in hitting at .417 with 11 doubles and 22 runs, followed by Schreckenberg at .410 and Mueller at .386 with four homers and 22 RBIs.  

Mueller is 4-0 on the mound with a 2.39 ERA. Voegele is 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA.

Columbia hosts hosts Triad on Friday and plays Monday at Belleville West.

Waterloo (13-10) won a string of recent games to climb over .500.

on Wednesday, the Bulldogs won a doubleheader at Civic Memorial, 10-4 and 6-2. In the 10-4 win, Nolan Veto struck out 10 in six and two-thirds innings and Evan Davis doubled and had three RBIs. Noah Meyers and Bryce Reese added two hits each. In the 6-2 victory, Davis went 3-for-3 and Ethan Horvath went 2-for-2 with three runs. Reese again added two hits. Nate Phillips pitched a complete game two-hitter.

On Friday, the Bulldogs blasted Wesclin at Centralia, 13-3. Jack McFarlane went 3-for-3 and Garrick Schmidt went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Phillips went the distance on the mound.

Last Tuesday, Waterloo exacted revenge on Jerseyville following a recent loss, winning 6-5. Davis continued his hot hitting by going 4-for-4 with three doubles, three runs and two RBIs. He also pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his third save of the spring. Meyers added two hits and two RBIs for the ‘Dogs.

Davis is hitting .486 this spring with a .571 on base percentage, 12 doubles, five triples, 23 RBIs and 18 runs. Phillips is hitting .342 and Chase Veto is hitting .338 with 25 runs.

Ethan Horvath is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA on the mound.

Waterloo hosts Mascoutah on Monday. 

Gibault (12-13) won this week after dropping a pair of 10-inning games last week.

The Hawks posted a 7-1 victory over Mater Dei on Wednesday. Daniel Darin tripled and struck out 16 in a compete game three-hitter. Kameron Hanvey went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Brady Biffar added two hits and two RBIs.

Last Thursday, the Hawks lost 4-3 in 10 innings to Civic Memorial. Gibault plated two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game. Darin went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Hudson Blank added two hits and two RBIs. Biffar pitched seven strong innings. 

Last Wednesday, the Hawks dropped an 11-9 contest in 10 innings to Belleville East. Darin went 4-for-6 with two runs and Biffar went 2-for-3 with two runs.

Darin is hitting .441 with a .627 on base percentage to lead the Hawks and has three homers, 28 RBIs and 23 runs. He’s also 4-2 on the mound with a 2.53 ERA.

Kameron Hanvey is hitting .423 with a .594 on base percentage, 35 runs, 17 stolen bases, eight doubles and 22 RBIs.

Gibault plays host to both Belleville West and Althoff this Saturday. 

Valmeyer (4-16) lost 10-6 to Red Bud on Wednesday.

The Pirates lost 8-2 on Friday to Mater Dei. Landon Roy led the Pirates by going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Last Thursday, Steeleville downed the Pirates by the count of 6-0. Valmeyer was held to three hits on the day.

Last Tuesday, Valmeyer lost 11-1 to Marissa. Evan Rowe-Brown had the only hit for the Pirates. He is hitting .440 with a .500 on base percentage to lead Valmeyer’s offense. Clay Juelfs is hitting .327 with 11 runs.

Valmeyer hosted Dupo on Tuesday, falling 5-1. The Pirates play Thursday at Lebanon and host Chester this coming Monday.

Dupo (2-10) lost 6-5 at New Athens on Thursday in nine innings. The Tigers rallied for four runs to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Nate Ticer went 2-for-5 with a run.

Last Tuesday, Dupo lost 11-1 to Lebanon. Ticer went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead the Tigers.

In Tuesday’s victory over Valmeyer, Chance Hunter went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in addition to pitching a complete game.

Dupo hosts Gibault next Wednesday. 

Hunter is hitting .370 to lead Dupo, followed by Logan Stevens at .333.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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